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The <i>‘altdeutsche’ Zimmer</i>, or Cosiness in Plain Pine: An 1870s Munich Contribution to the Definition of Interior Design

Stefan Muthesius

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 16, issue 4, pages 269-290
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/16.4.269
The ‘altdeutsche’ Zimmer, or Cosiness in Plain Pine: An 1870s Munich Contribution to the Definition of Interior Design

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This aritcle examines a contribution made by a new trend in domestic interior design that emerged in the Munich art world of the 1870s. It claims that, more generally, interior design had, first of all, to formulate itself, by uniting the concerns of the diverse trades of interior decoration, by stressing the agency of the designing artist and by foregrounding aims concerning the user comfort and domesticity. For the architect-designer Gabriel von Seidl and the writer Georg Hirth, the chief design formula was the colour and textural effect of large surfaces of spruce. Furthermore, in true revivalist fashion, the new movement attempted strong geographical and historical identifications by conjuring up a vernacularized old German, Bavarian or Alpine world.

Keywords: Germany; interior decoration; interior design; nineteenth century; vernacular revival

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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